When can i ride my bike?
Hi everyone, i did try to do a search in the forums for an answer but i did not find anything specific or i dont know how to properly search. lol... anyway... had my PM installed on July 2, today is the 25th so just over 3 weeks ago. I have a dual chamber Medtronic something or other for bradycaria... i feel my healing process is going well, i still have a noticable lump where i was glued back up and it feels like dead skin, i am thinking this will go away with time so not too worried about that.. what i was wanting more information on was the overall healing process and when i can 'do things' again. My doctor is really good at what he does, but i dont get a ton of information from him, at least not to my expectations. I am very analytical and i like to know the ins and outs of everything. So with regard to healing, he says about 4-6 weeks then i can resume 'normal' things, and until then do not lift my (left) arm above my head or do any kind of heavy lifting or putting a lot of weight on it. At my 2 week FU he said i could drive again if i was careful not to spin the wheel with my left hand. My understanding is that the reason for this is i am waiting for the leads to 'mate' to my heart muscle... is this right? he says this can take up to 2 months, which is 8 weeks... i am OK with that, i just want to be sure i understand it. What i understand is i have 2 leads from my PM to he upper and lower chamber, and these leads are placed, but not fully attached.. now i am in the period of 4-8 weeks to allow the leads to fully mate with the tissue/muscle, and the reason for not reaching my arm over my head is becuase that movemment could pull the lead (or one of them) out of place, in which case they have to go back into surgery and replace it... can anyone tell me if my understanding is correct so far? so assuming it is.. how long do you think i need to wait to be 110% safe and certian my leads are healed in and i can resume mowing the lawn, riding my bike, doing yard work and some other fun things? is 6 weeks good to go? 8 weeks safer? TIA i really appreciate it.... cheers!!